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Kyrgios cruises through despite receiving medical attention

Sporting News logo Sporting News 16/01/2017

© Provided by Sportal com au Nick Kyrgios was on another planet to Portuguese opponent Gastao Elias in the first round of the Australian Open.

The Aussie number 14 seed won through to the next round 6-1 6-2 6-2,winning the first set in just 19-minutes.

The second took a bit longer after Kyrgios required a medical timeout to deal with a nose issue midway through the set.

Kyrgios called for what appeared to be a bag of cotton balls, before the doctor came out and stuck something up his nose.

Kyrgios has a history of bloody noses, so it's not necessarily out of the ordinary, but it gave Channel 7 the chance to show a slow motion replay of him sneezing.

“I’ve always got problems with my nose – I’ve got problems with my sinuses,” he said after the match.

“I don’t know what it is they put in there, but it makes me sneeze and stops the bleeding.”

After being thoroughly outplayed in the first two frames, Elias had a bit more go his way in the third - but only a little bit, with Kyrgios winning in 1hr 25min.

Kyrgios showed no signs of the knee injury that has troubled him over the last few weeks, but said he still isn't fully fit.

“I can feel it but I’ve done everything I can for it and got some great treatment and a great team around me,” he said.

The 21-year-old will play Andreas Seppi in the second round on Wednesday. The Italian overcame Paul-Henri Mathieu in four sets in the first round.

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